04 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019
The Labyrinth Project - 2nd Floor Ellis House
Ross Passmoor presents a new configuration of found materials at Ellis house in association with the Labyrinth Project. This collection of material is a reworking of material from 'Afterlife' the artists previous show held at Wits Art Museum. The exhibition transforms mundane suburban materials into something more and the large installations, smaller objects and prints provide an experience that alludes to myth, relic and history. Albiet a false history built upon thrown away suburban detritus. Loosely informed by the artists early experience of the Pietermaritzburg Museum with its presentation of taxidermied animals and in particular its 'underwater' section which places the visitor in a submarine of sorts with a plethora of suspended plastic fish and sharks. The artist used this mode of display as a jumping off point for building his own space suggestive of a museum using the materials found in and around his suburban home as starting point. The work challenges notions of value, authenticity and importantly the validity of the artist as auteur, this because after the opening other artists will be invited to amend the work and build onto it over a number of weeks. This process will hopefuly allow the other to work through areas of their practice freely and in a way that is unfamiliar to them. Eventualy leading to a fuller richer experience of the material as Passmoor's work is submerged beneath the practice of his peers.